The Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) announced its 2018 awards today, with If Beale Street Could Talk winning Best Film, Best Director (Barry Jenkins) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Acting award winners include Regina King as Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, Richard E. Grant as Best Supporting Actor for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Ethan Hawke as Best Actor for First Reformed, and Olivia Colman as Best Actress for The Favourite. The outstanding performers in Widows garnered that film the AFCA’s first Best Ensemble award.
Founded in 2005 by Cole Dabney and Bobby McCurdy, the Austin Film Critics Association is a group dedicated to supporting the best in film, whether at the international, national, or local level. The AFCA has seen its numbers grow to more than 30 members with a diverse roster of professional film critics who regularly review movies for national television stations, daily newspapers, weekly alternatives, local radio, monthly magazines, and websites with international prominence. AFCA members vote on the year’s best in film, celebrating excellence on both sides of the camera. The outlets AFCA members represent include the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Chronicle, Birth.Movies.Death, Cinapse, The Daily Dot, the Daily Texan, Double Toasted, DVDActive, Fandango, Film School Rejects, FirstShowing.net, Hammer to Nail, Hill Country News, Horror’s Not Dead, Junkfood Cinema, KOOP 91.7 FM Radio, Movies.com, One Of Us, ScreenCrush, Smells Like Screen Spirit, and True View Reviews.
Here is the full list of winners.
Best Film: If Beale Street Could Talk (dir: Barry Jenkins)
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Ensemble: Widows
Best Original Screenplay: Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You
Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Best Score: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Mandy
Best Editing: Tom Cross, First Man
Best Foreign-Language Film: Burning (dir: Chang-dong Lee)
Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (dir: Morgan Neville)
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (dir: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman)
Best Stunts: Mission: Impossible — Fallout
Best Motion Capture/Special Effects Performance: Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War
Best First Film: Eighth Grade (dir: Bo Burnham)
The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Brian Tyree Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk, Widows, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Austin Film Award: Support the Girls (dir: Andrew Bujalski)
Special Honorary Award: To Bo Burnham, Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton for their brilliant collaborative work on Eighth Grade.
AFCA 2018 Top Ten Films:
2. Eighth Grade
3. The Favourite
4. First Reformed
5. If Beale Street Could Talk
8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
10. You Were Never Really Here